December 17, 2022
It’s scarf weather. I have many but my current favorite is one I purchased in Doolin last year. Cashmere. I love it. However last spring I noticed that it was pilling. My mother would be horrified and I could hear her voice telling me to resolve this issue. So when I was in Doolin I visited the Ekotree knitting factory and talked with Diarmud. Did he have a solution?
Well, he did. He ascended the spiral staircase to the upper floor and returned with a small comb in a bag. As he handed it to me, gratis as I’m a frequent customer and bring others, he told me that pilling was the natural condition of cashmere. And he suggested that I might consider living with the pills. “It’s what cashmere does,” he said.
Indeed. I had purchased cashmere and expected it not to act like cashmere. I embraced the natural fiber but not the nature of fiber. How many times do I do this in my life? Welcoming the natural world and then resisting the natural wildness of it seems a bit of a human pattern. And it took a scarf to remind me. I do still have that comb but it remains in the bag. There’s actually a relief in knowing I will not comb that lovely scarf into oblivion over time. Knowing our relationship will last for many years, this scarf and I each dancing our own nature and natural aging process, warms my body and soul.
Wool wisdom. How lovely.
I like the wisdom. Leave things (and let things) as they naturally are. If the image above is of the actual scarf, the color is lovely.
Thank you Christopher. Yes. It is an image of the actual scarf. He creates beautiful pieces.